A travel journal
to Woodstock by Winn
Quote: I only began going to Woodstock this summer and because most of my time is spoken for, I really haven't had a chance to experience alot of what the area has to offer. However, I'll share what I do know.
The Woodstock of today is still a unique place where artists come to create and live life at a different pace than the rest of the world. It maintains a creative vibe, and you get the feeling that there is still something special about this place: the people say 'hello', a clear stream meanders through town, a leisurely drive through the country melts away your cares, and views of the mountains puts time into perspective. This easiness carries through to the other small communities that are literally a few minutes drive from the town's main row of stores and restaurants. When New Yorkers head out of Manhattan or the other boroughs to 'Woodstock' for the weekend, it could just as easily mean Bearsville, Shady, or a number of tiny enclaves that you probably won't ever find on a map.
The Bear Cafe. This is the ultimate in Woodstock dining. Located two miles west of Woodstock, in Bearsville, NY on The Bearsville Theatre Property (295 Tinker Street/ Route 212). This wonderful little restaurant serves food that is on par with some of the best found in Manhattan. The steaks are delicious, the wine list is excellent, the shrimp cocktails are huge, and the homemade peach cobbler with ice cream is the perfect ending to a meal. A huge glass window reveals a pleasant stream running just behind the bar and surely makes an especially fitting backdrop during the winter as fresh snow gathers on the rocks, in the trees, and along the banks. The atmosphere is cozy, but if you want to keep things more casual you can dine at the bar and mingle with tourists and locals alike. Check out www.bearcafe.com for the enticing selections from Chef Eric Mann.
New York City, New York